Detox research completed and approved, I lovingly savoured my last piece of bread this evening. It was the most sinful piece I could find in the bulk section of my grocer’s bakery; flaky, buttery, and oh-so-cheesy. It’s the eve of my maiden voyage into detox territory, my friends, and the 21-day challenge is about to begin! Here’s the quick and dirty on Dr. Joshi’s Holistic Detox, but be sure to read Dr. Joshi’s book, which contains additional food/drink recommendations and exemptions, as well as recipes and important background info.
The Top 10 Detox Rules
1. No red meat
2. No dairy produce (except goat cheese and buffalo mozzarella)
3. No fruit (except bananas, which release sugar slowly)
4. No wheat, gluten or yeast (no exceptions!)
5. No alcohol
6. No buiscuits, cakes or doughnuts
7. No jams or spreads (except honey)
8. No coffee (including decaf) or black tea
9. No sugar, chocolate or sweets
10. No artificially processed flavourings or colorings: ketchup, vinegar, mustard, etc.
Rule #2 (no dairy), #3 (no fruit), #4 (no wheat, gluten, yeast) will definitely be the hardest rules for me to follow, but I’m determined to be optimistic and creative with how I can survive without those items. I have my work cut out for me, especially considering my last weekend on the detox is Thanksgiving. This coincidence is unfortunate and unintended, but I’m unwilling to reschedule. There will always be an excuse to postpone!
Apparently, the first few days of the detox is when you feel the most unwell. Toxins will be leaving the body left, right, and centre, potentially resulting in flu-like symptoms like fatigue, nausea, and headaches. I’m bracing myself for some withdrawal, but I’m hoping the fact that I don’t drink alcohol or coffee will soften the blow. After a rough start, Dr. Joshi says it’s smooth sailing from there and I’ll feel the best I ever have. Well, Dr. Joshi, I’m testing out your claims and I’ll be blogging after each of the three weeks for a detox challenge update. And in case you’re curious about what the heck I’ll be eating, here is a sampling of the week one meal plan that I’ve designed for myself:
Breakfast: Cinnamon quinoa breakfast porridge with banana or eggs (hard boiled, veggie omelette, etc.)
Lunch: Corn tortilla quesadillas made with soy cheese or edamame and avocado salad with tahini lemon dressing
Dinner: Red beans and brown/wild rice, baked salmon on assorted greens
Snacks: Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, veggies/brown rice crackers and hummus or homemade avocado salsa
Sounds doable, right? Having a meal plan is one thing, but we’ll see what happens when I put it into action. Let the detox challenge begin!!